Rhode Island Health, Legal, And End-Of-Life Resources

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Important health, legal, and end-of-life planning forms and information for people living in The Ocean State.

Whether you’re planning for yourself or someone else, the resources below are vital when it comes to organizing and settling an estate in Rhode Island.

Advance Directive Form

Download the Advance Directive form for Rhode Island. For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state Advance Directive forms.

 

Order Death Certificates

Death Certificate instructions for Rhode Island. For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state Death Certificate ordering information.

 

Digital Estate Planning Laws

Law: Title 33: Probate practice and procedure, Chapter 33-27: Access to Decedents' Electronic Mail Accounts Act, Section 33-27-3
Description: Executors may access email accounts. The state may require a death certificate and documentation of the executor’s appointment before the estate’s representative can see the deceased person’s emails or social networking accounts.
Status: Effective May 1, 2007
New Proposed Legislation: On April 29, 2016 HB 8125 Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access To Digital Assets Act was introduced, which appears to amend or replace their current Access to Decedents' Electronic Mail Accounts Act. It is currently being held for further study.

For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state Digital Estate Planning Laws.

 

Death With Dignity Legislation (a.k.a. Aid-In-Dying or Physician-Assisted Death)

  • Rhode Island has no legislation

For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state Death With Dignity Legislation.

 

Organ Donation Registries

Rhode Island Organ Donation registry official link. For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state Organ Donation registries.

 

POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) Form

Rhode Island doesn’t currently have a POLST program (check the status here). For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state POLST forms.

 

Probate Laws

Title 33: Probate Practice and Procedure

For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state Probate Laws.

 

Estate And Inheritance Tax Rate

  • Rhode Island has a 0.8%-16% estate tax rate (exemption threshold: $1.515 million)

For estate and inheritance tax in other states see our complete list of state-by-state Estate And Inheritance Tax Rates.

State-By-State Health, Legal, And End-Of-Life Resources

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